Nikon Announces the New D500 and D5


We’ve been hearing rumors about both of them for a while, and today we’re finally seeing the new Nikon D5 and Nikon D500. The D500 is what was rumored to be the Nikon D400; and it’s a proper update to the very well aged Nikon D300s. All the details you’re really interested in are after the jump.

Nikon D5


· Nikon-developed 20.8-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor

o All-new AF system with Nikon’s first dedicated AF processor – Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module offers superior AF performance with 153 AF points, including 99 cross-type sensors and dedicated AF processor

· Capable of capturing images at 12 frames-per-second (fps) with full AE and AF, or 14 fps with mirror locked

· EXPEED 5 engine also serves to dramatically enhance camera performance, delivering low noise, high-speed image processing and offers the additional processing power needed for 4K UHD video

o Unprecedented native ISO range, from 100 to 102,400, expandable from 50 (Lo-1) to 3,280,000 (Hi-5), offering near-night vision capability well beyond the visibility of the human eye

· Equipped with a new 3.2” 2359K dot XGA LCD with touchscreen functionality

· Capture 4K UHD video at 30 fps

· RAW Size S or M file types (12-bit, uncompressed)
o Includes a built-in 1000 Base-T 400MBps Ethernet connection for image transfer, with speeds up to 1.5x faster than D4S.
· Will be available in March 2016 (body only) for $6499.95 (SRP) in two different versions, with either dual XQD card slots or dual CF card slots



Nikon D500


· New 20.9-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor

· Capable of excellent low-light performance, with an ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to 50-1,640,000 equivalent

· Super-fast 10 frames-per-second (fps) burst speed with full AF and AE

o A generous buffer allows for up to 79 shots (14-bit, uncompressed RAW/NEF) to be captured

· Fitted with the same AF system as the Nikon D5, includes the Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module and 180K RGB metering system
o The 153-point AF array fills the frame from side to side, letting users track and lock-onto subjects from the edges of the viewfinder
· Bright 3.2-inch, high resolution (2359K-dot) touchscreen LCD

· Images are rapidly written to either a fast XQD card slot or to the additional SD card slot for maximum workflow efficiency
· Share photos wirelessly with the new Nikon SnapBridge, making the camera’s built-in connectivity easier to use than ever before

o SnapBridge allows for Bluetooth supported connection between the camera and compatible smart device, thus making automatic upload of images possible

· Ability to capture striking 4K UHD video at up to 30p (3840×2160), as well as Full HD (1080p) video at a variety of frame rates

· Will be available in March 2016 (body only) for $1999.95 (SRP) and in a kit configuration:

o With AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR lens: $3069.65 (SRP)






SB-5000 Speedlight


· A first for Nikon, the flash operates via radio frequency and will operate without a direct line of sight for a range of up to approx. 98 feet (30 meters)
· When paired with the WR-R10 and the D5 or the D500, this Speedlight can control up to six groups / 18 Speedlights for truly advanced wireless lighting
· Features a radically new design that includes its own internal cooling system, which prevents overheating of the flash panel from consecutive firings
· Controls have also been streamlined and refined, with the addition of an “i” button for access to frequently used settings
· The design also integrates versatile bounce ability, with the flash head capable of tilting down to -7° or up to 90°, and rotate horizontally 180° to the left and right
· Will be available in March 2016 for $599.95 (SRP)



  • Mindy
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    All I want from Nikon is a camera body that doesn’t need to be calibrated! I’d like to send my D800 on a one way trip to the moon. Forget all the hokey updates and focus (pardon the pun) on the calibration issues which it seems are plaguing everyone.

    • MPNavrozjee
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      It calibrates itself now, by using live view to cross check the pentaprism AF module and readjust. It’s a very clever idea…

      • Mindy
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        Seriously?? Which models? That would make my day!

  • acmwallace
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    A little bummed they have an XQD instead of CF slot… But if the connectivity is good, I can live with that.

    • BlackRipleyDog
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      You can order the D5 with the dual CF card module if so desired.

      • Dom Veselý
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        dual cfast (or one CF and second cfast…) would be much more usefull 🙂 not only for 12FPS burst (when buffer will cry…) but it could have nice video bitrate with cfast cards…

        • BlackRipleyDog
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          I’m wondering whether the card array will default to the slowest card speed of the two inserted, which I recall was a fact of life on earlier models.

    • neonspark
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      the CF model will get you less shots for the same price due to the limitations of CF…but you’re free to buy that too…

  • Christobella
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    Whoa! D500! They’ve finally done it!

    • Clayton Hotze
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      Hah, I was shocked too. I like how they decided since they waited so long on the D400 to just skip it and make it the D500.

      • David Peterson
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        is to match the D5 naming